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Preaching Today exists to encourage and equip preachers to faithfully and creatively proclaim God's Word so that the church grows up into the fullness of Christ. Monday Morning Preacher is for preachers by preachers. Each episode focuses on one unique aspect of preaching and explores how preachers can grow in their craft. Email the podcast at mmp@preachingtoday.com.

Preaching Today exists to encourage and equip preachers to faithfully and creatively proclaim God's Word so that the church grows up into the fullness of Christ. Monday Morning Preacher is for preachers by preachers. Each episode focuses on one unique aspect of preaching and explores how preachers can grow in their craft. Email the podcast at mmp@preachingtoday.com.

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Preaching Today exists to encourage and equip preachers to faithfully and creatively proclaim God's Word so that the church grows up into the fullness of Christ. Monday Morning Preacher is for preachers by preachers. Each episode focuses on one unique aspect of preaching and explores how preachers can grow in their craft. Email the podcast at mmp@preachingtoday.com.

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Episodes

Four Things We Learned About Preaching: Season Finale

11/22/2021
In this episode, co-hosts Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller reflect on what they learned about preaching, over the last four seasons of Monday Morning Preacher. Here are the top lessons they learned in the last four years: 1. Preaching the Word of God changes lives. 2. Preaching is something that we never master. 3. God uses ordinary preachers. 4. When you do sermon prep and preach – immerse yourself in the Bible scene. Matt said “God uses ordinary preachers, not just the superstars, not just...

Duration:00:22:16

Preaching With Both of Your Eyes Towards Christ

11/8/2021
How can you keep Christ at the center of your preaching? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with Bryan Chapell, the Stated Clerk for the Presbyterian Church in America. In his early years of preaching, Chapel wanted to both teach and reach people. Later, he learned how to restore people, build on his ministry, inspire other preachers, and unite in a common cause.As a young pastor, Chapell’s message in sermons was “straighten up, fly right and do better.” But that message...

Duration:00:30:44

Christmas Preaching and The Loneliness of The Holy Family

10/25/2021
How can you bring a fresh angle to your next Christmas sermon? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with Timothy Clarke, senior pastor at First Church of God in Columbus, Ohio. Here are four people from the Biblical narrative, that you can encourage your listeners empathize with: Zachariah and Elizabeth: the loneliness of disappointment, for her barrenness Joseph: the loneliness he felt, trying to decide how to proceed with Mary, given the complex situation before them Mary:...

Duration:00:23:50

Three Ways to Create Tension in Your Sermon

10/11/2021
Why does tension even matter in a sermon? How do you keep the tension? Co-hosts Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller explore these questions, considering the scriptures. Here are three ways that you can keep tension in your sermon: Highlight the tension that’s already in the Biblical text. Keep the bold Biblical statements bold. When presenting the Biblical truth, also give credit to what you can in the opposing view. Miller said, “when we lose tension in our sermon, listeners lose interest.” As a...

Duration:00:22:17

Making the Most of Your Time for Sermon Prep

9/28/2021
How can you find the time you need for sermon prep? After all, time is a precious commodity. In this episode, Kevin Miller explores that question with Trevor McMaken, pastor of City Light Anglican Church in Aurora, Illinois. He said “a big thing that’s helped me in my preaching ministry is to take study days to plan a message series ahead of time, so that when I get to Monday morning and I’m looking at the message on Sunday – it’s not a completely blank page.” Here are time saving methods,...

Duration:00:22:53

Why the Ministry of Presence Can Help People in Hard Times

9/13/2021
How can you help people maintain faith when they are suffering? In this episode, Kevin Miller explores that question with Emily H. McGowin, Assistant Professor of Theology at Wheaton College. She said, “silence in the face of suffering is not an indefensible reaction. We should be humbled into quietness, and not be quick to speak when we encounter suffering.” When McGowin’s mother-in-law died at 46 years-old, people tried to offer rational responses, which wasn’t helpful. But the people who...

Duration:00:21:43

Apply Your Sermon with the Help of the Holy Spirit

8/30/2021
How can you apply your sermon, based on the Biblical text? In this episode, Kevin Miller explores that question with Robert Smith, Jr., Chair of Divinity at Beeson Divinity School where he teaches Christian Preaching. He said, “without a sermon application, there really is no sermon, because the Bible is not only written to answer the what question – that is information, but the so what question - that is application.” The Holy Spirit guides the application, and the preacher explains what...

Duration:00:27:36

Preaching as a Human Exercise Centered in Christ

8/16/2021
What is preaching? In this episode, Darrell Johnson, author of The Glory of Preaching explores that question with Matt Woodley. “I think we’re to proclaim the truth of the text, proclaim the Jesus of the text, and teach what the text is all about” Johnson said. How does the Bible talk about preaching? “There are a number of verbs used for the preaching moment including “proclaim, herald, evangelize, good news, teach, exhort and bear witness,” he said. He recommends asking yourself these...

Duration:00:31:51

What Preaching Authority Looks Like For You, the Pastor

8/2/2021
Pastors aim to speak with authority, but it’s not easy in the 21st century. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, there’s “a widespread mistrust of societal institutions, and religious leaders around the world.” Be encouraged, the apostle Paul admonished Christians to preach the gospel with boldness and authority. He received his preaching authority “by revelation of Jesus Christ” (Gal. 1:11-12). But even if God has given you authority to preach the gospel, why should people listen? In...

Duration:00:21:13

How to Exegete Like the Great Preacher, John Stott

7/19/2021
How can you exegete like John Stott? In this episode, Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller explore that question. They reflect on Stott’s sermon “The Greatest Invitation Ever Made” that’s based on Matthew 11:28-30, which includes two invitations for listeners. Sometimes, preachers don’t know what to bring into the sermon and what to leave out. “We dump way too information on our people. We don’t know where to stop,” Matt said. He also indicated that pastors should read the text, observe, listen and...

Duration:00:21:51

The Role of Deliberate Practice in Preaching

7/6/2021
How can you practice deliberately as a preacher? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with Jared Alcantara, associate professor of preaching at Baylor University’s George Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas. Deliberate practice in preaching is a “relentless ongoing commitment to growth.” He also cites the work of K. Anders Ericsson, a Swedish psychologist who wrote “Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise.” He identifies four commitments people often make, who...

Duration:00:27:22

Long-Time Pastor Argues for the One Point Sermon

6/22/2021
How can you provide a clear path for people to hear God’s word? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with co-host Kevin Miller. He’s a rector at Church of the Savior in Wheaton, IL with ten years of preaching experience. Miller makes a case for the one point sermon, citing Haddon Robinson who said “a central unifying idea must be at the heart of an effective sermon” in his book “Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages.” He argues there are too...

Duration:00:20:24

The Word Made Flesh: What Preaching Looks Like Amidst Persecution

6/7/2021
How can you preach in countries that persecute Christians? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with Venerable Justice Okoronkwo, Director of Missions in the Anglican diocese of Jos, Nigeria. Justice Okoronkwo “Nigeria has been in the news lately for so many things that should make Christians concerned. The global terrorism index placed Nigeria second in the world, in terms of the effects of terrorist insurgency.” He explained that the only country ahead of Nigeria is...

Duration:00:44:39

Preaching to People in Pain

5/24/2021
How can you preach to people who are suffering? Matthew D. Kim, author of Preaching to People in Pain believes that beauty is often buried beneath pain, and that unseen reality helps him connect with his congregation. Matt Woodley draws attention to different types of pain: emotional, mental and physical, to name a few. Kim said “I think there are some areas where we can help the listeners see that their pain is acknowledged by God. Their suffering is seen. Their suffering is not in vain....

Duration:00:25:45

Preaching Truth in the Public Square

5/10/2021
What can preachers learn from prophets? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with Danny Carroll, Professor of Biblical Studies and Pedagogy at Wheaton College. Carroll said “Prophetic preaching means speaking truth in the public square. But it also requires a certain kind of integrity, a knowledge of the world that we live in.” He also indicated that for prophets in the Old Testament, being prophetic often had implications for worship. He was born and raised in Houston,...

Duration:00:30:57

How Your Life Shapes Your Preaching

4/26/2021
How do live a life that cultivates great sermons? In this episode, Matt Woodley explores that question with Steve Norman, author of “The Preacher as Sermon: How Who You Are Shapes What They Hear.” He identifies ten roles that preachers inhabit, throughout the preaching process. Norman argues that the preacher plays a vital role in what he calls "the preaching moment." He said “For me, the preaching moment happens where four worlds converge: the paper (the text), the preacher (the voice...

Duration:00:27:25

Why Three Point Sermons Are Effective

4/12/2021
What are the merits of a three point sermon? In this episode, Matt Woodley and Kevin Miller explore that question. Matt argues for the three point sermon, while Kevin believes the one point sermon is more expedient, to deliver the gospel message to a congregation. Matt said “It’s underrated. Don’t cast it out. I think it still works. Keep it in your repertoire.” When he references three points, in a sermon – he’s showing listeners the movement of passage in the Biblical text. It’s a simple...

Duration:00:12:21

How to Preach with a Biblical Imagination

3/26/2021
How can you preach with a Biblical imagination? Alison Gerber, pastor at Second Congregational Church in Massachusetts explores that question with our co-host, Kevin Miller. She uses the imagination, to help the Biblical narrative come alive for her listeners. Gerber said “If we do have this purpose to see lives change. Some imagination is going to be required.” Her first phase in sermon prep is nailing down the big idea. Gerber still employs Haddon Robinson’s method of preaching: “exegeting...

Duration:00:27:01

Say it Again! Preaching the Good News of Easter

3/14/2021
How can you preach the good news of Easter? Bishop Timothy Clarke, Senior Pastor at First Church of God in Ohio says you don’t have to make the Easter message relevant for people. It’s already relevant, because it’s in the Word of God. He drew attention to Isaiah 40:8 (ESV) “The grass withers, the flower fades and the word of the Lord stands forever.” In this episode, they discuss everything from Chicago steakhouses, to preaching failures, to how the resurrection narrative stands the test of...

Duration:00:30:34

Keeping Grace Fresh in Your Preaching

3/2/2021
How can you preach the grace of the gospel in a fresh way? In this episode, Kevin Miller and Ethan Magness, pastor at Grace Anglican Church in Grove City, Pennsylvania explore explore how preaching on the grace of Jesus Christ, can speak to the everyday concerns of your people. He said “Our bond with God has experienced a tragic severing. What we need more than anything is reconciliation with the highest point of reality. We need to be totally made new before God, reconnected,...

Duration:00:23:31